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. joining us arwa damon and ben wedeman. arwa, what's going on in benghazi right now? >> reporter: well, the situation is pretty tense. just about every single libyan that we have been speaking to of course expressing their horror, their outrage about tuesday's attack, saying this most certainly is not indicative of how libyans themselves feel but also really wanting to see their own government begin to take control, begin to rein in these various militias. the government for its part now does believe, says it's 100% confident that tuesday's attack was carried out by extremist group or groups. they say they detained four people, not disclosing which group they were affiliated with but they were also say they go believe this attack was preplanned, intended to inflict damage to drive an irrepairable wedge between the libyans and americans. >> arwa, earlier you walked through what remains of that u.s. consulate in benghazi where ambassador stevens and the three other americans were killed in tuesday's attack and you sent us dramatic video. walk us through what you saw. >> reporter: we walk
praised. >> the people of benghazi sent this message loudly and clearly on friday when they forcefully rejected the extremists in their midst and reclaimed the honor and dignity of a courageous city. >>shepard: there are still big questions as to whether the libyan government has the muscle to get the army, rather, the militias under control. on top of that, the government relies on the militias for security after the fall of muammar qaddafi. >>reporter: it is less than three hours for the rogue militias to disband and government officials telling me it is going better-than-expected and the libyan security forces are taking the place of militants at bases here in tripoli and across the country. in benghazi, two militias under nominal government control were replaced by military officers. in benghazi, which was the scene of the dramatic protest and attack aimed at militants over the weekend, another protest, today, against a brigade thought responsible for a recent killing. some experts say this is a tactical withdrawal by the militia and the same government official indicated to me the
in benghazi over the past couple months. we've been hearing in our time on the ground here, at least to some degree, the militants, militia very much in charge in benghazi. gregg? gregg: we're hearing there is a protest and counter protest in libya. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: interesting stuff. protests planned in benghazi a big change from others we're seeing around the world in favor of the u.s. or at least honoring the late u.s. ambassador and other americans. but the broader message from the citizens there that the government based here in tripoli needs to do more to crack down on militant groups in benghazi. the problem is, another protest, gregg, is planned at the same place, at the same time by one of those militant groups. an outfit of ansar al-sharia suspected having links to the killing. they said they are innocent. they will be saying that today, maybe in a forceful day. we'll be monitoring it all. back to you. gregg: greg palkot in tripoli. greg, thanks. martha: the white house is doing a complete reversal on the characterization of the attack in libya. the adm
. they were killed at or around the u.s. consulate in benghazi. this is the eastern side of libya. this happened overnight. stevens was a career diplomat. spent several stints in libya. the type of dedicate the american diplomat we come across all the time in that region. secretary clint said he was committed to america's values and interests. this was all about attack on the consulate by islamists protesting the film made in the united states critical of the muslim prophet mohammed. getting a lot of play on the internet. consulate burned down the vehicles perhaps the one in which the ambassador and other americans were hit by rockets. we heard from the leadership of the libyan government. they say they are sorry that they are looking for those responsible. one group being now thought as a possible suspect with allegiances to al qaeda but there are a lot of militant groups as we can tell you from our experience on the ground in libya in post-qaddafi era. bill: what can we report about what is happening in the region today, greg? >> reporter: seems like the chronology, bill, this w
of tripoli, it was at a consulate in benghazi. violent protests are spreading across the middle east. it seems like every day we hear about a new city and new country and a new embassy that is under siege. each of these countries representing a major national security concern for the united states. sudan gets over $2.5 billion american aid in american aid and that is just over the last four years. tanisha was the birthplace of the arab spring movement. the u.s. is providing it with regular assistance. yemen has received $620 million from america over the last four years. our own reporter, greg, has more in london. reporter: it is supposed to be a holy day of prayer. we have been watching the feeds coming in from all over the word and it is anything but that. violence wracking capital after capital. particularly in the united states. just to give you a little bit more context, as you noted, tanisha is the birthplace of the arab spring. the government ought to be more moderate. something we could depend on. in fact, we have seen extremist elements that work there. at the u.s. embassy t
but destroyed by arson. as for the attack in benghazi that killed chris stevens, our ambassador to libya and three other americans on 9/11 this year, state department spokesperson victoria knew land ruled out any further disclosure about those events. just to be a clear a reporter asked her in a rare 5:00 p.m. briefing on friday night, you won't be talking about the circumstances of ambassador stevens death. that includes the attack? correct. or what led up to the correct? correct, new land replied. every debail about the benghazi attack is totally off limits for west? this is something you need to talk to the. fbi about knot us about because it is their investigation, nuland said. ambassador susan rice appearing about all five sunday shows did not appear bound by the new rules. her comments around the benghazi attack diverted sharply from what senior libyan officials have been saying. >> the best information and best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. what happened initially, it was a spontaneous reaction to what had transpired in ca
states. at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya's second largest city, at least one american staff member was killed after gunmen stormed the compound and burned it down. we've got some amateur video here into nbc news from the scene. if you listen, you can hear gunshots going off in the background. witnesses say the attackers were armed with automatic rifles, rpgs. libyan forces stationed there said to have little to stop the violence. >>> in neighboring cairo, angry protesters scaled the fortified walls of the u.s. embassy, destroyed the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic banner. most of the u.s. diplomatic staff had already been evacuated in anticipation of this protest. both incidents reportedly are reaction to a little-known amateur movie produced in the united states which ridiculed the prophet mohammed. it gained attention because an obscure florida pastor began promoting it, the same man who triggered deadly riots in afghanistan when he threatened to burn the koran. we want to go straight to cairo where we find nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engel.
more now from benghazi. >> reporter: the revolution began in benghazi and now it's starting once again in benghazi to evict these extremist militias. he was just telling us is that the people inside, they believe must have heard that the pro-democracy demonstrators were coming because by the time they arrived, they found no one. they were able to go in and take control. we are seeing the pro-democracy people of benghazi literally reclaiming their city from the extremist militias. there was an initial sense of euphoria, people saying that this is the real libya, cleansed of extremists by its own people. but the situation quickly turned sinister. >> we have five left. >> be careful. >> bottom of the road there. >> there. >> over on the left-hand side. >> reporter: there is gun fire. this is the second location. just on the other side of this wall is the second location that we are told is being struck tonight, but contrary to what we witnessed at the first place, here there seems to be something of a gun battle going on. we are hearing sporadic gun fire as well as other small explosions.
on the attack in benghazi and the murder of our ambassador at the consulate there. our very own bret baier reporting on day one, day one, our intel officials knew it was a terrorist attack and characterized it that day. firms reportedly focused on what they believed to be an al qaeda he willment. they even focused on one specific person yet to be named. so internally this deadly attack has been labeled a terrorist attack. as you know how it is characterized publicly depends who you talk to. more on this developing story in just a moment. but first right now some brand new stories and breaking news. jon: zeroing in the on the swing states. dueling campaign events in the same political battleground of virginia. governor romney and president obama both expected to speak there shortly. plus the obama administration insists sanctions are working to keep iran's nuclear ambitions in check. others have serious doubts. what happens if the doubters are right? in the race for the white house do the polls paint a fair picture? is there media bias? our "news watch" panel weighs in. all new, all live is
in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, stevens was worried about what he described as the never ending security threats in that city. also the u.s. counterterrorism chief is now calling that assault that killed stevens and three of his american colleagues a terrorist attack. and there are reports that a former detainee at guantanamo bay who was released and returned to libya may have, in fact, been the ringleader of benghazi attack. cnn has not yet been able to independently confirm that latter report. but our cnn national security contributor fred townsend joins us live. she's a member of the cia external advisory committee. she was also a personal friend of ambassador stevens and had visited libya with her employer. are your sources saying anything about this report, a series of reports that, in fact, it may have been a former gitmo prisoner that was released in amnesty, went back to libya and orchestrated these murders? >> the individual that we're talking about is a well-known sort of al qaeda bad guy. he was taken in custody and served time at guantanamo. he was released to the li
africa as we tragically saw in benghazi. jenna: secretary of state hillary clinton now suggesting al qaeda was involved in the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. and as we told you moments ago we're now learning that u.s. intelligence has labeled this assault an act of terrorism and did so very early on. however the president has yet to publicly refer to it as a terror attack. something he is facing some criticism for. >> i'm sure there's some of that motivation to just keep everything as it is until after november 4th. but the thing really scary about it is, that the people in the region believe the united states is weak and withdrawing and you do that, you leave a power vacuum. jenna: joining us now, -- kt mcfarland, fox security analyst. you worked inside a variety of administration as part of the defense department. what do you think is going on here? >> initially, jenna, i thought, okay they don't want to be accused after mission accomplished moment. president said we won the war or terror. bin laden is dead and now he is campaigning. if it looks like there was terror
. jenna: new political fallout from the president's handling of the attack in benghazi that left four americans dead. we should say four americans murdered. senator lindsey graham joins us live with his take how this story has developed. >>> horrifying accounts as a gunman opens fire at a minneapolis office. five people are dead. the latest on a devastating workplace shooting. >>> plus, the investigation into the cause of a fiery plane crash that killed 19 people. it's all new, it's all live. it's "happening now." jenna: and we start with some politics. topping the news at this hour the race for the white house and brand new polls from three key battleground states. we're glad you're with us on this friday, everybody. i'm jenna lee. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for john -- jon scott. we're looking at brand new poll numbers that the fight for president obama and mitt romney remains close days away from the first presidential debate. "wall street journal" marist poll showing the president has a seven point edge in new hampshire and smaller two point lead in north carolina and nevada. tha
at the consulate in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton was scheduled to testify to congress in a closed intelligence briefing today. it's been suggested the u.s. was warned about that attack in libya three days before it happened. the administration insists they haven't seen intelligence about "significant advanced planning" for that attack. but interestingly the white house is now calling the deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi a terrorist attack for the first time. and it happened on the anniversary of 9/11. fancy that. u.s. relations with israel at least on the surface appear to be getting much worse as president obama continues to say he doesn't have time to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. iran continues to march toward nuclear weapons. syria continues to murder its own people. it all suddenly feels much worse than it has for some time. here's the question, how satisfied are you with u.s. policy in the middle east? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. post a comment. or go to our post on "the situation room" facebook page. wolf. >> jack, thank you. >>> meanw
of both the house and the senate of what exactly happened in the u.s. consulate in benghazi some nine days ago. the director of the national counter terrorism center confirms that terrorists killed these four americans. among them, u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. now, an unnamed source tells cnn that stevens feared he was on an al qaeda hit list. that source went on to tell us that stevens worried about what he called never ending security threats in benghazi and specifically spoke about the growing presence of al qaeda in libya. but the u.s. counter terrorism director says it's still not clear if they seized on the opportunity of the furious protesters of the anti-muslim video opened up. the ranking member of the senate's homeland security committee says whatever the case, security should have been much, much tighter for the ambassador. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security for all of the american personnel at that consulate, given the high threat environment. >> senior congressional correspondent data bash is there for me in the capitol. we know, dana
on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, is still raising lots and lots of questions including who was behind it all? our own arwa damon goes into the mouth of the lion for an up close look at the rise of extremists right now in libya. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... ♪ atmix of energies.ve the world needs a broader that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol - a biof
in the consulate in benghazi in eastern libya, there is a cross border aspect to this story that is making right now in tunis. and another aspect of the story tunisia, like other countries are being hard-hit by the united states to stop the radicalism we see here in wake of the arab spring. they told me they did not see the tunisia step between the protests of the islamist and protestors the other friday that did knowledge damage to the u.s. embassy, and its compound and a school nearby where about a hundred american kids were staying until about two hours before the protest. there with us a demand coming from the americans that the tunisia act against these radicals. and there was a taunt in that too. tunisia looking to america to fork over half a billion dollars in needed money over the next year to payoff loans in this economy. there is a bit of a taunt there too by the united states that, hey you come through there and then maybe we can come through with this. back to the breaking news, we'll get a hard confirm when we get our crew on the ground seeing this. about a thousand security surroun
if the deadly attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi was a planned terror strike or a spontaneous backlash from the anti-islamic video posted on youtube. four americans were killed in the attack including 52-year-old ambassador chris stevens, widely regarded as one of the most popular and successful american envoys in the region. according to first reports from senior administration officials, the american consulate came under small-arms fire around 10:00 p.m. local time. a short time later, the outside walls of the lightly guarded compound were breached. gunmen began attacking the main building, setting it on fire. at this point three people remained inside the main consulate. ambassador stevens, another staff member named sean smith and a security officer. amid the chaos and heavy smoke, the three became separated. ambassador stevens was missing for 12 hours before his body was located on wednesday morning in a benghazi hospital. apparently transported there by libyan police. >> let's try to put this in perspective right now. a lot of people look at these images, if they're my a
by military and military police. all this started earlier in the weekend in the eastern city of benghazi. where we saw the public rise up and ransack and storm a compound of another militant group there. they say they have had enough. following the attack, the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in the city and a string of other incidents associated with these militants. analysts i speak to are a little bit skeptical they think it might be a tactical retreat for the militants but certainly a move in the right direction. martha: could be. how does all this impact the fbi investigation going on there into the death of ambassador stevens and three other americans? >> reporter: martha, the word we're getting on the ground from benghazi it is calm. authorities are more in control. that is a good thing. the word also been getting on the ground here that the fb i-team sent to this country to investigate the crime has been hampered, maybe even blocked from the benghazi situation and the crime scene there. so that could help. overall, frankly also the public is going after the very militant group
in benghazi along with three other meamericans. homeland official said the attack was not carry ied out by people simply protesting that anti-islam film. >>> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> and the presence of rad ical islam in libya has some top senators worried about the united states' relationship with the country. >> libya, very weak, as you know. their borders are porous. but still it is the obligation of the host country to protect our consulates, our embassies and our personnel. it's partially ours but we have to depend on the host country and we have to, then, sort out and rethink what presence we're going to have and what relationship we're going to have with these countries. >> u.s. intelligence officials are still investigating the incident. at least one suspect from the attack in libya has been apprehended. >>> within the hour, the department of justice's inspector general will brief lawmakers about his fast and furious report, atf's weapons trafficking investigation was connected to the death of u.s. border patrol ag
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